What’s the difference between open and closed meetings?

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There are 727, meetings in 220 locations, in  101 regions in the Greater Cincinnati Area. About 65% are open and 35% are closed.

What’s the Difference Between Open and Closed A.A. Meetings?

The purpose of all A.A. group meetings, as the Preamble states, is for A.A. members to “share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” Toward this end, A.A. groups have both open and closed meetings.
Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.”

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

At both types of meetings, the A.A. chairperson may request that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.

Whether open or closed, A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members who determine the format of their meetings.

Is There a Difference Between a Meeting and a Group?

Most A.A. members meet in A.A. groups as defined by the long form of our Third Tradition (see page 44). However, some A.A. members hold A.A. meetings that differ from the common understanding of a group. These members simply gather at a set time and place for a meeting, perhaps for convenience or other special situations. The main difference between meetings and groups is that A.A. groups generally continue to exist outside the prescribed meeting hours, ready to provide Twelfth Step help when needed.
A.A. groups are encouraged to get listed with G.S.O., as well as with their local offices: area, district, intergroup or central office. A.A. meetings can be listed in local meeting lists.

How Do You Become an A.A. Group Member?

“The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking” (Tradition Three). Thus, group membership requires no formal application. Just as we are members of A.A. if we say we are, so are we members of a group if we say we are.

©Reprinted from the Group pamphlet with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Copyright © 2018 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Closed Meeting (Blue Card)

This is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.

Open Meeting (Blue Card)

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are here — especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

Lead and Discussion Meetings

There are also difference kinds of Meetings. Lead meetings one person tells their story of what life was like while drinking, how they found AA had how applied AA principles has made life better.

In a discussion meeting someone brings up a topic such as how do I not drink at by friend’s wedding reception where I’m the best man? How do it toast the couple? How did you work a certain step? Or anything related to alcoholism. Then those attending share their experience, strength and hope on how they solved the problem.

There are also Big Book and 12 & 12 meetings where a chapter of one of those books are read and discussed.

I hope this answers your questions. However, if you have any other questions, we’re here to help. Call is at 513-351-0422, sent email to info@aacincinnati.com or send postal mail to 2245 Gilbert Ave. Suite 304 Cincinnati, OH 45206. As I said, “We’re here to help.”

Here’s a list of next 20 upcoming meetings

Time Meeting Location Region
6:00 AM Came To And Believe
Kenwood Baptist Church
Kenwood
6:00 AM Zoom to and Believe Online Group
Came to and Believe Online Group
Online
Cincinnati
6:45 AM Women's Early Morning Meeting
Online
Cincinnati
7:00 AM Rise & Shine
Tri-County Center
Sharonville
7:30 AM Daily Eye Opener
Alano Club
Florence
7:30 AM Saturday Morning Eye Opener Group
Grace Episcopal Church
Florence
7:30 AM Saturday Early Bird
Kenwood Fellowship Church
In-person and Online
Kenwood
7:30 AM On Awakening Online
On Awakening Online
Online
Florence
8:00 AM Start Your Wk-End Right
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
In-person and Online
Anderson
8:30 AM 112 Big Book Study In Landon
Lakeview United Church of Christ
In-person and Online
Landen
9:00 AM Men's Rigorously Honest Group
First United Methodist Church
Aurora
9:00 AM Early Bird Big Book
St. Johns United Church of Christ
Newport
9:15 AM Clubhouse Meeitng Beginner Meeting
Tri-County Center
Sharonville
9:30 AM Clubhouse Meeting
East Side Center
Batavia
9:30 AM Happy Destiny Group
Immanuel Methodist Church
Lakeside Park
10:00 AM Clubhouse Meeting
405 Oak Street Club
Cincinnati
10:00 AM Clubhouse Meeting Food For The Soul
405 Oak Street Club
Cincinnati
10:00 AM Good Morning Group
Alano Club
In-person and Online
Florence
10:00 AM 11th Step Discussion Group
Charlie's 3/4 House
Cincinnati
10:00 AM A Baffled Lot (RG)
Dry Dock Club
Cincinnati

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